Young victims appeal
THE Gold Coast will come to a standstill during Anzac Day next month to pay tribute to the brave servicemen and women who have put their lives on the line to fight for Australia's freedom.
But Yvonne Adam also wants people to spare a thought on April 25 for the millions of children throughout the globe who have also fallen victim to war.
The Currumbin Waters resident is keen to consult with schools and students throughout the Gold Coast to organise a memorial ceremony and/or site where youngsters could reflect on their counterparts who have suffered from war.
"It's about time we did something and we did it every year," Ms Adam said. "But the least people can do is lay one rose and a card for the children.
"Children themselves might want to put a little bunch of flowers they have made themselves."
Ms Adam has already approached a library and a school and both were interested in her push to shed more light on children burdened by war. "There have been millions of children in many wars who have been killed, maimed and orphaned," Ms Adam said.
"There is not enough of an emphasis on them and my sister is organising something in Tasmania so I want to do something here."
Ms Adam said because one of her relatives was a Vietnam Veteran, she had witnessed first-hand the traumatic effect that war had had on the upbringing of his children.
"It affects many people - his children have suffered," she said.
Any schools or students willing to take up Ms Adam's offer to remember children of war through setting up a formal ceremony or memorial site should call her on 5534 5012.